Massachusetts Statewide Public Records
- Massachusetts Criminal Records
Search for felony or misdemeanor criminal charges by requesting records from the Massachusetts state repository.
Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
Request your own or another persons criminal offender record information.
Massachusetts Most Wanted
Search the most wanted fugitives and absconders in the State of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Inmates and Offender Search
Find the location and release information of individuals incarcerated with the Massachusetts Dept of Corrections.
Massachusetts Sex Offenders
Search the Massachusetts Public Safety Sex Offender Registry Board for registered offenders by name or location.
How to Seal Juvenile Criminal Records in Massachusetts
Rules and information for sealing juvenile criminal records
- Massachusetts Arrest Records
Access arrest records directly from Massachusetts law enforcement agencies individually. Request information of incidents, charges and details from state and local police departments. Records division contact information and requirements to order official reports.
Massachusetts State Police Department
Law enforcement, traffic, criminal investigations and more
Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game
Licenses, permits, information and more
Massachusetts Attorney General
Civil, criminal and appellate courts
Massachusetts Department of Public Safety
Law enforcement, traffic, reports and more
- Massachusetts Business & Corporation Search
Find active and inactive corporations by name from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Lawyer Lookup
Verify an attorney’s licensing status with the State Bar.
- Massachusetts Property Records
Obtain property tax info by contacting the Massachusetts Registry of Deeds.
- Massachusetts Unclaimed Property
Search property and claim status by individual name or business through the state treasurer.
- Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Licensing, background checks, investigations of child care providers.
- Massachusetts Corporations Division
Obtain corporate records and reports.
- Massachusetts Uniform Commercial Code Database
Search UCC database and file statements online.
- Massachusetts Abandoned Property Division
Reclaim abandoned financial assets.
- Massachusetts Registry of Deeds
Search recorded real estate documents statewide.
- Massachusetts Bureau of Local Assessment
Online access to municipal real estate tax assessor information.
- Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
Verify professional licenses of individuals and corporations.
- Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards
Building laws and regulations, permit applications, code enforcement.
- Massachusetts Elections Division
Voter registration, petitions, ballots, federal and state elections.
- Sex Offender Registry Board
Online database of convicted sex offenders in your community.
- Massachusetts Disability Law Center
Information, referrals and legal services for people with disabilities.
- Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
Search state records for an attorney by name or city.
- Online Directory of Massachusetts State Agencies
Access branches of government, agencies, offices and departments.
- Department of Revenue Financial Institution Supervision
State examinations and regulations of financial institutions.
- Massachusetts State Library Genealogical Resources
Historic documents and archives for genealogical research.
- Massachusetts State Library Reference Department
Online and onsite access to state library staff for research assistance.
- Massachusetts Library Directory
Contact and catalog information for 1,700 libraries statewide.
- Massachusetts Library of Government Data and Documents
Search state legislative, executive, and judicial documents.
- Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Online transactions for driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, titles.
- Massachusetts Municipal Airports
Directory of international and regional airports.
- Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
Fire codes, data, investigations and firefighter training.
- Massachusetts State Health Insurance Agency
Find health insurance coverage and avoid tax penalties.
- Massachusetts Chamber of Business and Industry
Information and advocacy for businesses, manufacturers and retailers.
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Locate a school, district, educational program or organization.
- Massachusetts U.S. Census
Population and demographic statistics.
Massachusetts’ state level Supreme and courts of Appeal offer an open public case search which can be conducted online by docket number, parties, attorney, or lower court judges. Look up upcoming trials on calendar for civil and criminal cases. Self help, forms and special proceedings can be accessed online
- Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Search publicly available Supreme Court cases.
- Massachusetts Superior Court
Felony matters, labor disputes, civil actions and medical malpractice.
- Massachusetts District Court Courthouses
Access to federal courts for criminal cases and civil matters.
- Massachusetts Land Court Department
Real property matters, title disputes, foreclosures and tax liens.
- Massachusetts Juvenile Court Department
Protection petitions, adoption, guardianship, youthful offender cases.
- Massachusetts Small Claims Courts
Statutes, rules, standards and forms for filing small claims cases.
- Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
Research state laws, regulations, request legal forms and documents.
- Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals
Hearings and proceedings to appeal state agency decisions.
- Department of Transportation Suspensions and Hearings
Reinstatement information and forms for suspended driver’s licenses.
- Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department
Legal resources for divorce, child support, adoption and wills.
- Massachusetts Housing Court Department
Property cases affecting the health, welfare and safety of occupants.
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Request copies of archived documents from federal civil and criminal cases.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
Obtain help settling legal disputes without going to trial.
- Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings
How to request, modify or remove a legal guardian or conservator.
Massachusetts is one of the original 13 colonies and became the sixth state in the U.S. on February 6, 1788. The first settlement was made by the pilgrims of the Mayflower in 1620 with their arrival to Plymouth, MA. The early economy profited from the textile industry and production of machinery. The official state name is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is one of the 6 states that comprise New England along with Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Massachusetts has 14 Counties, 50 cities and 301 towns with a population of 6,547,629. The state has 10,555 square miles of territory making it the 44th largest in the U.S. The legislative power is comprised of the Massachusetts Senate and house of representatives. Executive power is held by the governor and other individually elected offices such as the attorney general and secretary of the commonwealth. The judicial division makes up the third branch and is the entire court system of the state. Counties have no government as of the late 1990’s and exist solely as geographic regions. It is the 13th most populous state with 6.5 million residents and the 14th largest by size with a 10,555 square mile territory.
Similar to the federal freedom of information act, the Massachusetts Public Records Act and the Massachusetts Open Meetings Act offers its residents greater government transparency to its voters and general public. The Open Meetings Act opens local decisions and deliberations to its residents with records of the meeting available for public review. Government records in the state are presumed public information with few exemptions.
Criminal records are a vital part of a background check conducted in Massachusetts. Criminal records are provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) CORI background check system. This background check covers the entire state and what is included in the report are detailed on the official site. View the most wanted lists from the department of public safety or county sheriffs for a more local search. Locate an inmate in the Massachusetts Department of Corrections system. Requesting court records can reveal past and recent divorce filings. Civil and criminal case files are available from the Massachusetts judiciary.
Court Records Information
The Massachusetts probate and family courts have exclusive jurisdiction over estate, support/custody, paternity, marriage dissolution, domestic violence and adoptions. The state’s land and housing courts have jurisdiction over real property rights, small claims up to $2,000, misdemeanor, ordinance violation cases and handles preliminary hearings.
Juvenile courts have jurisdiction over miscellaneous domestic relations (TPR), and juvenile cases. The municipal court has jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights ($0/no maximum), small claims up to $2,000, mental health, civil trial court appeals, and miscellaneous civil cases. The Boston criminal municipal court hears felony, misdemeanor, domestic violence and traffic cases.
The district court has jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights ($0/no maximum), small claims up to $2,000, mental health, civil trial court appeals, hears support/custody, and paternity cases. Criminal division of the district court has jurisdiction over felony, misdemeanor, traffic , domestic violence, criminal appeals cases, traffic/other violation, and juvenile cases.
The state’s superior courts have jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights ($0/no maximum), civil appeals, and miscellaneous civil cases.
Massachusetts appeals court has mandatory jurisdiction in civil, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile cases, discretionary jurisdiction in interlocutory decision cases. The state’s supreme court has mandatory jurisdiction in civil, criminal, judge disciplinary, advisory opinion, original proceeding cases, discretionary jurisdiction in civil, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile and interlocutory decision cases.